Azkals drop heartbreaker to Yemen

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine national football team stretched its winless streak to 4 games in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as they dropped a 0-1 result to Yemen at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, November 12.

The second time was the charm for Yemen and Mohammed Abdulhakim Al-Sarori, who helped the Middle Eastern squad earn their first win of the tournament, scoring through in the '82 minute after missing a golden opportunity moments earlier for the winner.

The Philippines had the advantage in corners (6-0) and shots on goal (5-3) but couldn't get the breaks they needed, which was due in large part to the outstanding goalkeeping of Yemen.

The Azkals have now lost 3 matches and drawn once in their last 4 after opening up the Group H qualifiers after opening up the tournament with two wins over Yemen and Bahrain. The Philippines has since lost rematches to both squads and sit at 7 points - good for fourth place - while Yemen gets on the board at 3 points.

Misagh Bahadoran, who scored against Yemen in their first meeting, was booked for a bicycle kick that nailed a Yemen player in the head in injury time.

The Philippines was playing without striker Phil Younghusband after he was booked in their match last month against Bahrain.

The Azkals will have two more matches, an away match against Uzbekistan on March 24, 2016 and a rematch against North Korea at home on March 29. – Rappler.com